Mineral de Pozos

Yesterday, we visited Mineral de Pozos. It’s a quaint little town about 45 minutes from San Miguel de Allende. We had lunch at the Hotel Posada de las Minas which is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the city. While having lunch we met a very nice gentleman named Alex who agreed to take us to one of the old mines on the edge of town. We visited the Mina de Triangulo hacienda where they used to mine gold, silver, mercury and several other minerals. Alex was very knowledgeable about the mine and told us that at one point over 7,000 miners were killed when one of the mines flooded. It’s a fascinating place and we hope to return to see more. Here are a few photos from our day trip. Enjoy!

S.O.M.E. Mother’s Day Luncheon

S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat) held their weekly lunch at the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel and celebrated Mother’s Day by handing our roses and aprons to all the women. It was a beautiful event—including a mariachi band. Bill waited tables are there were over 200 people in attendance. Here are some of my favorite photos from the event. Enjoy!

P.S. This was the first time I asked the folks if I could take their portrait and they were so sweet and beautiful!

Hummies

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend the morning than sitting in the front garden and watching the hummingbirds swoop in for a little nectar from our feeder. We have at least four hummingbirds that enjoy our feeder daily and we have to fill up the feeder about every other day. Enjoy!

Bernal Road Trip

I had to take the Harley in for a service so Bill (with Juliet) and I decided to add a road trip to Bernal. What a wonderful little town! Lots of shops and restaurants in the central part of the town and it was very easy to get to. You can definitely park you car and walk around the whole town. We had some great tacos for lunch and did some sightseeing.

The town’s claim-to-fame is an enormous monolith that overlooks the town and is called the La Peña de Bernal. We were told it is the 3rd largest monolith in the world. Beautiful!

Visita de las Siete Casas

We started our evening by walking up to Camino Silvestre for an art show. They had this wonderful old saddle sitting out on the patio and a violinist playing. It’s a wonderful store and they had some very nice art.

Last evening was the Visita de las Siete Casas when all the churches set up an alter of Jesus Christ in different stages before his death. The town was packed and there were huge lines of people trying to get into the churches so we had a bite to eat at Quince and then sat in Jardin to watch the crowds of people. And it was packed!

A group of people that caught my eye was the San Miguel Legendario theatrical group who were dressed in masks and costumes. They were handing out black cloaks to people in the crowd. They were performing later in the evening.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

San Miguel de Allende: Friday of Sorrows

“San Miguel’s sweetest religious tradition is perhaps the celebration of the Virgin of Sorrows, when she (Mary) is placed over alters perfumed with chamomile atop brightly colored sawdust carpets. Her alter itself is decorated with bitter oranges, sprouts of wheat and purple paper picado (cut paper) banners.” —Atención

Bill and I walked around town yesterday to view some of the public alters. It was busy in Centro with weddings (bride and groom in vintage Jaguar arrive at the church), folks worshiping at the local churches and lots of alters. On this day the folks of SMA also clean and decorate the fountains around town. Some places in town were passing out free food and popsicles. The sweet popsicles represent the tears shed by Mary. Enjoy!

Day Trip to Atotonilco

We drove out to Atotonilco which is a very small town just outside San Miguel de Allende. The town is famous for it’s church—the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. Our friends, Marcella and Primo, from Vancouver, Canada went with us and we had the nicest day in the country. We first stopped at the Hacienda Taboada for breakfast, then to the church and finally to Mama Mia’s for some drinks and a little snack. Here are a few photos from our day trip. Enjoy!